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is a 1993 album by Liberation The Divine Comedy, released on Setanta. It was the second album to be released by The Divine Comedy, although the band's leader, Neil Hannon, often refers to it as the first due to the stylistic differences of the earlier album, . The album was recorded over the space of twelve days in March, 1993 by Hannon and Fanfare for the Comic Muse Darren Allison. Hannon played most of the instruments on the album, while Allison was the recording engineer and drummer.
The album was released to much critical acclaim but little commercial success. It features
harpsichord, violin, viola, cello, French horn, and a Hammond B3 organ. Several of the songs are inspired by (or refer to) works of literature: "Bernice Bobs Her Hair" is based on the short story of the same name by F. Scott Fitzgerald; "Three Sisters" is about the play of the same name by Anton Chekhov; "Lucy" is an amalgamation of three of the Lucy poems by William Wordsworth; "Timewatching" is inspired by the popular song " When I Fall In Love"; "Death of a Supernaturalist" is preceded by a quote from A Room with a View by E. M. Forster, spoken by Julian Sands and Daniel Day-Lewis and sampled from the Merchant-Ivory film of the same name. More playfully, "Festive Road" is a tribute to the children's television programme Mr Benn.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and arranged by
Neil Hannon; additional lyrics on "Lucy" by William Wordsworth
"Death of a Supernaturalist"
"Bernice Bobs Her Hair"
"I Was Born Yesterday"
"Your Daddy's Car"
The Pop Singer's Fear of the Pollen Count" "Queen of the South"
"Europe by Train"
Personnel [ edit ]
Neil Hannon - Vocals, guitars, bass guitar, piano, keyboards, harpsichord, organ
Darren Allison - Drums, Percussion Lucy Castle - Viola, Violin
Monica Scott - Cello
Quentin Hutchinson - French horn
References [ edit ]